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Best Mexican Restaurant Houston 2010 - Yelapa Playa Mexicana - CLOSED

Yelapa Playa Mexicana

Yelapa Playa Mexicana

2303 Richmond

Houston, TX 77098


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Yelapa is not your run-of-the-mill Mexican joint. In fact, it offers more of a postmodern spin on traditional Mexican cuisine. Chef L.J. Wiley uses local ingredients in breathtaking ways, creating dishes that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. You won't want to miss the innovative ceviches, flash-marinated in lime juice; ingredients rotate according to what's fresh and what's in season, but we love how Chef Wiley combines fish with sour citrus and picante spice. If ceviche's not your thing, grab a plate of Yelapa's "real guacamole," a mound of avocado chunks combined with tomato, mango and fennel. And if you're looking for something a little more mainstream, try the tacos al pastor, one of the outrageous gazpachos or the delectable softshell crab.

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Tracy Ferguson
Tracy Ferguson

Maybe we should call it neo-Mexican or Mexican Fusion or some such label. I agree about Yelapa and L.J. being THE BEST!!!